A review of a day out on the Vintage Days Out boat ‘Charles Cooper Henderson’ by Tonja F-J from Wallingford
I love the river! And I love to celebrate! I am a resident of Wallingford and walk the river banks every day. I watch the changing moods and seasons and really get the chance to switch off and think- I am lucky and grateful to have this. As my next big birthday approached I really wanted to bring my love for this area and my family from Germany and close friends together. I met Richard of Vintage Days Out and it all fell into place, as he made it so easy to plan the event. The boat is just stunning, beautifully restored, every detail tended to with true love and care. And so it was that a bunch of German and English people set out on a sunny day on a boat that once was one of the little ships of Dunkirk – just to celebrate life.
The boat is true luxury inside and out. You can sit comfortably anywhere and gaze at the landscape passing you by, watch the wildlife, wave at other boats on the river and people on the banks. I was sitting in the sunshine, chatting to friends and family, being spoilt with champagne and cared for by a very capable crew – this is the way to relax.
Apart from the scenery and boat itself, the service is second to none. We had an absolutely outstanding brunch comprising of numerous courses, all prepared fresh on the boat itself, from the home baked bread to Eggs Benedict. If you are ever after an outstanding treat- this is the way to do it. The crew are hugely attentive and make sure that you are well supplied at all times. Of course, this being a vintage experience the attention to detail also includes the way the food is served and presented.
I had a fabulous and unforgettable day. It gave me the time I wanted to celebrate without feeling rushed, able to take time with my guests and simply just enjoy the moment. Thank You Richard, Elaine and crew for making this possible for me.
….and what did my guests think
I think it is true to say that my guests really enjoyed themselves too, but here a few quotes of comments I had during and after the event:
‘I just can’t find the right words for it, it was so unforgettable and fantastic’
‘ It was just amazing! We are so privileged to be able to do this in such unique style.’
‘Richard did you so proud with the boat and caterers- the brunch was just amazing and I feel privileged to have been there’
Ute & Theo
‘…..you treated us to something we never expected and we will never forget’
Eva & Dirk
‘…the boat and the people- what an overwhelmingly fantastic time we had!’
‘I just loved it and was honored to be there- such a special and happy day’
It was a really fabulous experience. What a beautiful boat and amazing food, all exquisitely laid out and served. A real find. It was a perfect day for a meander along the beautiful Thames….’
‘…that was truly special and just a world apart from other boating experiences’